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Fiction: Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

50 Days of Summer Reading BannerThere are 47 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Universal Harvester book cover MPPL has a Goodreads discussion group!  Whether you’d like to join in on the conversation or just observe, you can hear about what books other participants are reading for the summer. As a result you may find books you might want to read too, such as Universal Harvester by John Darnielle. This horror book was shared by a member of the group and may be a great reading choice for you if you are a fan of….

…strange VHS tapes, mysterious narrators, creepy stories, foreboding settings, and nods to urban legends.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This could count as a book from your favorite genre, a genre you haven’t tried before (horror),

For the Master Class Designers…
This could count as a scary book and as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Nonfiction: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

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There are 48 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

It seems appropriate to highlight Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime during the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to ban laws prohibiting interracial marriage. While that ruling certainly did not completely resolve all our troubles, South Africa wouldn’t even begin to enact their legal resolution to end racial discrimination in relationships until 1991, with the end of apartheid. Thus it is that 33 year old Trevor Noah can tell his story of growing up under the cruel, state-mandated discrimination that truly made his birth, the son of a black mother and white father, illegal. Noah is an able comedian, and there are many parts of this story that will have you laughing out loud. But the painful, piercing evil of segregation that permeates the book is never far from the humor. This too is a work of love, as Noah pays tribute to his incredibly strong and loving mother, whose intentionally strict parenting style was cultivated to ensure he knew he was different, special, and destined for something beyond their small home.

Read this for summer reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This could count as a book that everyone’s talking about or a nonfiction book.

For the Master Class Designers…
This could count as a book with a person of color as the main character and as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

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There are 49 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Daughter of the Forest book coverLush descriptions, epic emotions, and challenging quest entwine to create true enchantment in Juliet Marillier’s series start Daughter of the Forest. Heroine Sorcha has lived her life dependent on the love and protection of her six brothers, but after an enchantress transforms them into swans, it is Sorcha’s role to save them — perhaps at great personal cost. This re-imagined Celtic legend is perfect for those who appreciate the medieval romance tales of Marion Zimmer Bradley and Diana L. Paxson.

Read this for summer reading!

For the DIY Designers…
Choose this as a book from a favorite genre or a genre you haven’t tried before: fantasy or re-told fairy tale.

For the Master Class Designers…
Choose this as a challenged (controversial) book, a beautifully sometime-sad book, or as a book highlighted on our MPPL website.

Fiction: Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman

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There are 50 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Crimes Against a Book Club book coverBest friends Annie and Sarah need money fast. Their solution? Sell face cream for $2000 a jar to Annie’s rich book club members. The face cream is a hit, and they both finally have hope to combat their growing medical bills. However, there might be an illegal substance in the ingredients that will cause them serious trouble if anyone finds out about it. While Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman may cause you to trust your book club a little less, it will at least have you laughing!

Read this for summer reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This could count as a book from a favorite genre or a genre you haven’t tried before (this could be categorized as chick lit and a caper novel).

For the Master Class Designers…
This could count as a humorous book and as a book highlighted on our MPPL website.

Staff Pick: Hidden Figures

Picture of JoyceDon’t miss Hidden Figures, the story of the incredible African-American women working at NASA during the Space Race. In the days before computers that we take so for granted, there were women, brilliant in the field of mathematics, whose calculations were vital in sending John Glenn and the Friendship 7 into space and returning them safely to earth. It’s inspiring history brought to life!

Audiobooks for Your Summer Road Trip

“Nothing behind me, everything in front of me, as is ever so, on the road.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Heading out on the open road this summer? The Library has audiobooks that are sure to keep you engaged while the miles fly by.

For a light read, try Someday, Someday, Maybe by Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham. This is a sweet tale of a young woman trying to keep up her spirits and her bank account while seeking success as an actress in New York City. 8 hrs, 30 minutes (about the time it’d take to get from Mount Prospect to Toronto, Canada)

 

 

 

 

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If it’s an exercise for your grey matter that you want, pop in Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Dr. Tyson gives a crash course in the nature of time, the cosmos and our place in the universe with his trademark wit and accessibility. 3 hrs 30 minutes (enough time to get you to the Wisconsin Dells or Saugatuck, Michigan)

 

 

 

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is the perpetual sci-fi dystopian adventure bestseller. If you haven’t read it, or even if you have, you’re in for a treat with the audio, read by none other than Wil Wheaton. This is the story of Wade Watts, who escapes the dreary reality of life in 2044 by playing in the virtual reality utopian world of OASIS. By solving puzzles and unlocking clues Wade might be able to find the lucrative treasure hidden within, but he could risk his own life to do so. 15 hrs, 41 minutes (long enough for a drive to New York City or Tallahassee, Florida)

 

 

On the Road book cover

 

And of course, there’s the classic Beat Generation road trip tale, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Chronicling the cross country road trip of Sal Paradise and various friends as they drive toward vague destinations and explore debauchery and philosophical musing in 1950’s-era America. (At 11 hours, it would get you almost to Atlanta, Georgia.)

 

 

 

For more great titles to match your tastes, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk to get suggestions. Road-tripping with your family? We currently have  a display on family-friendly titles located by the audiobook collection you can take a peek at!

Staff Pick- Andy Warhol was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities by Claudia Kalb

Picture of LarryAndy Warhol was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities is an account of how the possible mental illness of high-profile historical figures may have affected their lives and had an impact on their fame and success. The lives of Andy Warhol, Princess Diana, Abraham Lincoln, Betty Ford and others are reviewed from a psychological perspective revealing how their maladies may have impacted their accomplishments. With the help of experts, biographers, and historical records, Claudia Kalb has written an intriguing narrative that mixes biography and psychology, providing a fascinating perspective on creativity and the human condition.

 

Music: Songs That Make Us Think of High School

Do you ever hear a song and it transports you to a different time and place from your past? With high school graduations in the air, a few staff members of the Library took time to reflect on songs that reminded of them of high school, whether it be a song they listened to nonstop or one that summed up their experience. It was hard to narrow it down to just one song!

Green R.E.M. album cover

Andrea
Song: Stand by R.E.M.

Pretty in Pink soundtrack album coverCathleen
Song: If You Leave by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Mellon Colli and the Infinite Sadness album coverDonna C.
Song: “Tonight, Tonight” by Smashing Pumpkins

screeching weasel weaselmania album coverEvan
Song: “Hey, Suburbia” by Screeching Weasel

 

Violent Femmes album coverHeather
Song: “Blister in the Sun” by The Violent Femmes

Jimmy Eat World Bleed American album coverJenny
Song: “Hear You Me” by Jimmy Eat World

Crosby Stills and Nash Carry On album coverJoyce
Song: “Teach Your Children” by Crosby, Stills and Nash

Kelda
Song:”Tainted Love” by Soft Cell

inxs Kick album coverNancy
Song: “New Sensation” by INXS

The Best of Don McLean album coverRosemary
Song: “American Pie” by Don McLean

 

Now it’s your turn! Whether you just graduated or graduated decades ago, share what songs make you think of your time at high school by tweeting at us at @MPPLib or by commenting on our Facebook wall.

Adult Summer Reading 2017 – Read by Design

In the hearts and minds of your Library staff, June 1 means only one thing — Summer Reading starts today!

YOU are invited, throughout all of June and July, to Read by Design. Follow the blueprint, choose which books fit your plans, and submit your bids to win weekly and grand prizes.

Three phases of construction have been drafted on your behalf, and for each you decide whether to take the Do-It-Yourself track or to take the added challenge of the Master Class track. For each round, you’ll be adding a brick, a window, and a shingle to our MPPL Dream House, so be sure to check in regularly to see what Mount Prospect can build together.

Summer Reading Audio DisplayCategories are designed to give you maximum flexibility, and you choose your own materials for each stage of the build. Keep in mind that you have a crew eager to help! We’ll be posting options here throughout the summer, and we’re always happy to offer personalized suggestions. Peruse our displays, ask at the desk, or e-mail readers@mppl.org with questions or for advice on any step. NEW this year: join our Goodreads group and compare notes with others about books that made the grade for each category. If you are social, follow (and use) hashtags #mpplsummer17 and #mpplreads to add more tools to the summer reading toolbox.

Ready to break ground? Register online and print out your log OR visit the Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk on the second floor to enroll. Let’s build that Dream House together!

Staff Pick- The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd by Mary Rose O’Reilly

Carla from Admin suggests The Barn at the End of The World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd by Mary Rose O’Reilly

The Barn at the End of the World book coverThe Barn at the End of The World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd, by Mary Rose O’Reilly, is a rich narrative of the author’s midlife journey into sheep barns and spirituality.

In 98 short vignettes, O’Reilly lets us into her life. She gives us a look at raising sheep in Minnesota and a glimpse of monastery life at Plum Village in France. We are introduced to some of her teachers: a young barn worker who says “Never turn your back on a buck ram” and a spiritual director who shares “It’s nice to be calm, but the real purpose of meditation if to obtain wisdom”.

Quotes from poets find their way into the book.  We hear from Robert Frost, Mary Oliver, Walt Whitman and others. We learn that the author relishes the Augustinian phrase “the tranquility of order”. The Barn at the End of the World is highly recommended as an oasis for busy lives.

For more spiritual memoirs, try…

Traveling Mercies book coverTraveling Mercies
by Anne Lamott
Combining elements of spiritual study and memoir, Anne Lamott describes her odyssey of faith, drawing on her own sometimes troubled past to explore the many ways in which faith sustains and guides one’s daily life.

by Radhanath Swami
Following Richard Slavin from the suburbs of Chicago to the caves of the Himalayas as he transforms from young seeker to renowned spiritual guide, The Journey Home is a glimpse into the heart of mystic traditions.

 

The Sound of Gravel book coverThe Sound of Gravel
by Ruth Wariner

An account of the author’s coming-of-age in a polygamist Mormon Doomsday cult describes her childhood as one of her father’s more than 40 welfare-dependent children, the extreme religious beliefs that haunted her daily life and her escape in the aftermath of a devastating tragedy.
Seeking Englightment Hat by Hat book coverSeeking Enlightenment– Hat by Hat: A Skeptic’s Path to Religion
by Nevada Barr
Nevada Barr recounts her spiritual quest for meaning in her life, describing her experiences as an actor, writer, and adventure-seeker, and sharing her transition from atheism toward a sense of being part of something greater than herself.
Autobiography of a Yogi
by Paramahansa Yogananda
An autobiographical account of an early nineteenth-century yogi as he reaches self-realization, identification with his larger self, mankind, and union with his God.